Air Education and Training Command News

  • Flying through the viewfinder

    An Adrenalin infusing rush, like jumping head-first into icy cold water, that creates an overwhelming sense of nervousness in the pit of my stomach. This is what it felt like the first time I flew in a T-6 Texan II. I soon realized I might have one of the best jobs and office views in the Air Force.

  • Columbus AFB hosts two graduations amidst COVID-19 regulations

    Thirty-two pilots graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. on Dec. 11, 2020.In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the larger class was spilt up into two ceremonies, allowing proper social distancing among the graduates and family members

  • IP completes 4,000th flying hour in T-38 Talon

    Working on a gloomy Wednesday morning can be difficult for many, but for Lt. Col. David “Beau” Easterling Jr., 43rd Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, this day was special.Easterling completed his 4,000th flying hour in the T-38 Talon on September 23, 2020, at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

  • Columbus AFB mechanics go full throttle ahead in light of COVID-19

    Propulsion mechanics at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, responsible for keeping engines designed for the T-38 Talon in pristine condition, are being counted on to ensure the Air Forces’s pilot training pipeline requirements continue in light of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Columbus AFB provides aerial support for joint, multi-national exercise

    Pilots and student pilots at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, have and will continue to take part in exercise Southern Strike from Feb. 3-13, traveling back and forth to Gulfport, Mississippi. The exercise is conducted to increase deployment readiness and included more than 40 units from the

  • Instructor pilots: Creating world-class aviators

    In the U.S., an Air Force instructor pilot’s job is to nurture the transition of a casual officer into becoming a world-class aviator; instructor pilots feed the fight directly and have a significant role, not only in the Air Force, but the Department of Defense as a whole.

  • Leaders in air, space and parachutes

    Airmen from the 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight have gone geospatial. Well – kind of. On March 26, 2019, Tommy Sondag and Staff Sgt. Jake Strait, 47th OSS aircrew flight equipment parachute technicians, made their way east to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,

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